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‘This noise that never stops’: Wind farms come to Brazil’s Atlantic coast

In Brazil, the world’s eighth-largest producer of wind power, the wind industry brings both benefits and disappointment.
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‘A Bomb on the doorstep’: Venezuela fishermen fight an oil giant

For decades, a poor fishing village has tried to stop a state-run refinery from polluting a bay they share, but the battle has increasingly become one man’s charge.
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‘A bomb on the doorstep’: Venezuela fishermen fight an oil giant

For decades, a poor fishing village has tried to stop a state-run refinery from polluting a bay they share, but the battle has increasingly become one man’s charge.
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With 10 million acres in Patagonia, a national park system is born

Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.
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A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia’s richest fisheries

Caused by a fiery collision in the East China Sea, the spill has created an environmental disaster that has tested China’s ability to lead.
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Climate

Dangerously low on water, Cape Town now faces ‘Day Zero’

One of Africa’s richest cities is threatening to turn off the taps to its four million residents, cutting off homes and most businesses.
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Climate

Iranians prayed for rain, but were covered in snow

A full-blown water crisis is drying out Iran, much to the concern of officials who fear protests and strife if conditions do not improve.

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Iranians prayed for rain, but were covered in snow

The country has been gripped by a terrible drought, so a blizzard brought joy — although the relief was most likely only temporary.
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Fighting climate change, one laundry load at a time

Experts in the study of fungi are playing a bigger role in improving laundry detergents and, by extension, leading efforts to cut energy use.
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Children

‘Massive mental health crisis’ feared for Rohingya children

“I have nightmares that the military is chasing me,” says a 12-year-old who fled Myanmar. For hundreds of thousands like her, the horror isn’t over.
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Smuggled, beaten and drugged: The illicit global ape trade

The New York Times tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok. Here is what unfolded.
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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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